19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
great effective shredder,
This review is from: The Handy Silent Shredder
To balance the last review: I bought same thing from Wickes, (it's a Handy, Wickes just 'own brand' it); you have to adjust it according to very simple instructions that a child could understand, just turn a hex key while it is running, you can hear when the cutter is 'just' making contact - i.e. 'kissing' - the pressure plate, you have to do this as it comes delivered with it set to not cut anything - this is a a transport precaution, you don't have to send it back. If you turn the key further, GO SLOWLY, you get some little aluminium shavings, it is definitely cutting close now!! But only do this WHILE IT IS RUNNING. PUT some WHITE PAPER UNDERNEATH THE HOPPER TO SEE THE SHAVINGS - STOP ADJUSTING AT JUST THE FIRST SIGN OF SHAVINGS. DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY OR THE G'TEE PEOPLE WILL LAUGH as they SPIT in your FACE. "HAHAHAHA, who said to adjust it like that...?" Once it is set as above it happily munches through both light and heavy trimmings from a beech hedge, other weird shrub things that got too big in the garden, it even chops the leaves into smaller pieces. I really don't know how to achieve the instruction's suggested 1/2 to 1 mm clearance at the cutter without taking it all apart so that is why I used the experienced engineer's method, i.e the above watching for the shavings. I adjusted it again after a day's heavy trimming as I noticed thin stuff like LEAVES was coming through crushed but not quite cut through. 1/4 turn of the hex key supplied and all was fine. I 'have' managed to jam it by inadvertently feeding it with beech tree wood that was too big, but no big deal, turned it off, click the rocker switch to reverse, keep giving the green start button little pushes until the offending object is regurgitated. Any make of shredder will jam if the wood is too hard or too big. My old much more expensive Bosch shredder suffered from this too - I have learned that just because it fits in the hopper, doesn't mean it will shred. By the way, this model isn't meant to produce dust-size mulch - it chops into little 2cm-ish chunks ready for spreading under the hedge, taking to the tip or composting. ...If green mulch is too fine it doesn't compost well - makes a nasty slimy mess. I squirt WD40 (or similar lubes available) spray down the hopper after each use to keep the cutter shiny and not let it get rusty which would blunt it. It looks pretty solid so I think it should last well. If I wanted to shred bigger stuff I would have to pay £500+ more so I am v happy with this. I think it would love to shred an iPhone, so if yours is in your pocket, careful when you lean over the hopper. Twigs can flick around as they get mulched into the hopper so wear protection especially for eyes, ...body too unless you like a novel form of electro-flagellation. Hmm... PS it came with a crappy bag to put under the hopper, why did they bother, a bucket or storage box is easier to use. The bag could be handy for hiding an overly-botoxed face, picking up dinosaur poo (if they still lived) or feeding a horse out of I suppose. But it falls over under the hopper, the handles don't clip to the hopper - so why provide it???